tv Beyond 100 Days BBC News April 25, 2019 7:00pm-8:00pm BST
you're watching beyond 100 days. joe biden wants to make america great again — just not that kind of great. the top democrat makes his pitch for unseating donald trump. in a slickly produced announcement video, mr biden presented his candidacy as a moral imperative at a critical time. it was an announcement aimed at trump, about trump, and with the pitch that he's the democrat who can beat trump. if we give donald trump eight years in the white house, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. officials in sri lanka revise down the death toll from the easter suicide attacks
by around 100 people. 253 people are now believed to have lost their lives. also on the programme: emmanuel macron makes gives his long awaited speech on measures to address nationwide yellow vest protests and he says ‘we can rebuild the art of being french'. and james bond gets details of his new adversary — rami malek will star opposite daniel craig in the 25th film for 007. hello and welcome. i'm katty kay in washington and rob watson is in london. joe biden thinks he is the best person to beat donald trump in 2020. that's why he's running and that will be his pitch. he announced his candidacy early this morning in a video. biden has a long career in democratic politics. he has already been us vice president, and a us senator and a candidate for the white house, twice. biden joins a very crowded field.
there are now 20 democrats running to unseat trump. and his video suggested that doing that is now all that matters. it wasn't about policy, it was about trump and specifically, trump's response to charlottesville. it was there in august of 2017 we saw neo—nazis and white supremacists and klansmen come out into the open, crazed faces eliminated by torches and chanting the same anti—semitic bile herd across europe in the 19305. they were met by a courageous group of americans in violent clashes which ensued. a brave young woman lost her life. and that is when we heard the words from the president of the united states that stunned the world and shock the conscience of this nation, he said there were, quote, some very fine
people on both sides, very fine people on both sides, very fine people on both sides. and those words, the president of the united states assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. in that moment, i knew the threat to this nation was unlike anyl the threat to this nation was unlike any i had ever seen in my lifetime. president trump reportedly sees biden as a serious adversary and he marked the announcement with his own response. yeah, you always know you have got donald trump's attention when he gives you a nickname. so who isjoe biden? here's a look back at his long career. joe biden became a politician in 1972.
to put that in context, in ‘72, america was still at war with vietnam. i, richard millhouse nixon... and richard nixon was the country's president. biden has known more than his share of tragedy. he lost his first wife and infant daughter in a car crash. joe biden is my name. in his many years in politics he became a champion of working people, an advocate for gun control... i refused to give up. we refused to give up. it took me seven years to get the first band put in place. —— ban. more controversially biden led the anita hill hearings and was noticeably tough on a woman accusing a supreme court nominee of sexual harassment. the next president of the united states, joe biden. in 1988 he made his first run for the presidency. thank you. 20 years later he tried and failed again. his consolation prize was eight years as
vice—president to barack 0bama. the two of them are still friends. todayjoe biden is running again. he is 76 years old. that makes him a year younger than bernie sanders and just a little older than donald trump. even if 70 is the new 60, that still makes a bunch of old white men the three frontrunners for the next president of the united states. for the moment at least. joining me now is neera tanden, formerly a top aide on hillary clinton's first presidential campaign, now president of the center for american progress. make america great again... it is kind of whatjoe biden is saying, right? i think what he is saying is that donald trump's presidency is out of step with what the core values of america art. he really talked about the kind of division and racism that
we have seen from the trumpet presidency and the acceptance of white nationalism and i think it is actually a very unifying message within the democratic party, who more than in any previous moment is very much focused on defeating the incumbent republican president. would he be a good candidate to take on donald trump? could he beat him? this is one of the strengthsjoe biden has had, a reinforcing factor in the democratic party, with people focused on beating donald trump on they look at national polls werejoe biden is beating donald trump and then he gets more support from democrats. he has had three months over the last couple of months, and he had seen a fair number of hard stories against him, some of which you showed. i think the truth is he is still doing pretty well. he does well in matchups against donald trump and he is still leading the pack. i think that is really the central question. if he acknowledges
his campaign is built around being a strong challenger against donald trump, you can see me on the debate stage against him, i am prepared for thejob and stage against him, i am prepared for the job and i stage against him, i am prepared for thejob and i can do a betterjob than he does or has done, and i think that is animating a lot of the support for him so far. i want to ask a naive question really, and i wonder if he would actually make a better president for the other rivals than the democratic —— than the other rivals for the democratic nomination? this will be the question in the debates, what kind of campaign that he put together and what kind of president he will be. i think most democrats, in fact probably 95% of democrats, in fact probably 95% of democrats, think any one of these candidates would be better than donald trump. so in the argument of who would be the best president, people can imagine the vice presidentjoe biden as president because they have seen him in so many settings you see a president and, from the white house and in
front of congress and elsewhere. i think he sort of fixed very quickly. have i got time for one more quick question? if it is... it is, can he win the nomination? i absolutely think in many ways right now here's the front runner for the nomination. he has to answer tough questions. this is a very large field and there are a lot of candidates and a lot of younger candidates and a lot of younger candidates who may represent a new generation. i think he has to articulate the case of why he would be the best nominee. he has had historic strength with white working—class voters and working class voters of all colours. i think that will be a really important issue for him. thank you very much forjoining us. let's bring in former advisor to president george w bush, ron christie who's in washington for us. it seemed to be looking at the video thatjoe biden it seemed to be looking at the video that joe biden released it seemed to be looking at the video thatjoe biden released this morning thatjoe biden released this morning that his pitch is aimed firmly at
independent voters who may have voted for donald trump in the past election but who are not particularly happy with the president's character, and going directly at the issue of values and character. good afternoon and great to see you as well. i think that analysis is precisely right. you see so many other democrats in the field, cory booker and kamala harris playing on race and the mayor of south indiana playing on other things. joe biden is trying to appeal to a sense of patriotism. those who voted for donald trump as you noted but aren't feeling very satisfied at the direction the president has taken the country. it will be interesting to see as we have noted he might be the right now. how long will he be able to maintain this position before there are better candidates attacking him for his past record? how nervous do you reckon they are in the white house about him? not very common to be honest with
you. if you take the name donald trump out of the equation and you look at the american economy, you look at the american economy, you look at the unemployment rate and how people of colour are doing in this country, there is a lot certainly for donald trump to run on, but when you put the name donald trump in, of course everything we have seen for the last couple of yea rs have seen for the last couple of years changes the dynamic quite dramatically. run, it is rob here, it is not up to you to help the other side as it were, but if you had to advise a democrat on how to beat donald trump, what would you advise them to do? good evening and good to see you again as well. what would i advise them? i would say it is simple. you would say that in these challenging times, do we need a president who has been not indicted certainly in the miller report but he has been indicted by many in the court of public opinion, is this the sort of individual we need to have in charge of the united states and can we
restore a sense of dignity and honour that many feel donald trump is taken away from him? —— the mueller report. if i were a democrat i would try to find a way to unite the country move away from identity politics. that is kind of whatjoe biden is trying to do in the campaign video, andi trying to do in the campaign video, and i am interested in that you say they are not particularly worried aboutjoe biden the white house because i would have thought that joe biden of all of the 20 democrats running represents a fairly formidable force against donald trump. he is one of the more plausible candidates for defeating donald trump. 0ne donald trump. one of the more plausible, absolutely. will he be well financed? absolutely. will he be well financed ? without question. absolutely. will he be well financed? without question. butjoe biden comes with baggage of his own, from the very strict against a hill backin from the very strict against a hill back in the clarence hearings. he is one of them who voted for something else about justice. one of them who voted for something else aboutjustice. if you look at this, was it going for independence... i want to know what
the candidate is poor but not what he is talking about trump and cha rlottesville but he is talking about trump and charlottesville but what is your vision? this is the first time to introduce himself and the cycle to americans, why i am running, why it is important to meetjoe biden. i thought it was negative compared to the attack he could have taken. thank you for coming on, ron christie. we saw the president signed up the tweet and retweet other criticisms which is what he does when he thinks somebody represents our challenge to him. the question forjoe biden is going to be convincing democratic primary voters over the course of the next year that he is the person that can win three key states, pennsylvania, michigan and wisconsin. those of the three states hillary clinton lost in 2016 and that is why donald trump is in the white house and not hillary clinton. you must persuade them that he is the person who can do that. yes, i was thinking that really...
mrjoe biden, you know, that video suggests he wants to make this about values and we quite often have elections about making people better off and leaving america in the world but the values, the idea that donald trump threatens the idea of america and one wonders whether that is a willing formula —— winning formula. may be at the moment it is. the sri lankan government has sharply lowered the number of people it says were killed in sunday's attacks. the health ministry now says 253 people were killed, and that's more than 100 fewer than the previous figure. still a lot of family still suffering from this. four days on and the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the bombings. today the defence minister resigned saying the country's security institutions had failed to do theirjob. the uk has warned against "all but essential travel" to sri lanka, warning that terrorists are "very likely" to carry out further attacks. just before we came on air i spoke to nick beake, who's in the capital colombo.
the sri lankan government has now revised down its estimates, still far too many families morning because of these attacks. do we know how they got it so wrong? we don't and as you say this was clearly a devastating blow to the sri lankan people and they continue to bury their dead. this is a significant revision by the health ministry, saying that 359 people initially have died and now we believe 253. they are putting it down to a miscalculation. now, what lies behind that? we simply don't know. the authorities have been under great pressure here, whether it is the health ministry, the defence ministry... of course, this is added ammunition really for those who say there is a completely dysfunctional system at play here. we have already seen this intelligence and indian security figures give intelligence at the start of this month about a possible attack on christians here in sri la nka attack on christians here in sri lanka and that information was not
shared in the president and prime minister did not get it. the sri lankan people are deep in grief but also angry, still asking the question, could these attacks have been prevented? the defence minister says today actually intelligence services were working on the basis of that intelligence that came from india. what is the latest we know about the attackers and the state of the investigation? we know that the investigation has not diminished in its pace. we are told around 7000 soldiers are part of this nationwide operation and there remains a curfew in place overnight here, a state of emergency, and the priority clearly is to try and find and make safe any remaining members of this cell which has already wrote great damage on this country. if people are still out there they are trying extremely ha rd to out there they are trying extremely hard to track them down. but there are worrying signs today in the centre of the country, some 200 detonators were discovered. there was a blast early this morning in
colombo to the east of the city but no one was injured. that took place near a magistrates‘ court and that is another worrying site. also, more arrests, in particular three people picked up. they had a stash of hand grenades and also swords. this worrying picture is something that for example the british intelligence have looked at and this evening they advise all british people not to come to sri lanka unless it is absolutely necessary. 0k, thank you, our reporter in colombo in sri lanka. thank you. still a lot of questions about what happened in that investigation. the fire of notre—dame devastated aa historic monument but it also put french politics on hold. the blaze forced emmanuel macron to delay a nationwide speech that was to be his response to the gilets jaunes protests. shaped by months of town hall—style meetings across france in response to the months of civil unrest,
macron has outlined a new broad policy push translation: for too long people have been divided and the state must reorganise action on the ground, from closing down public services... but there must be a presence. there are too many people in paris. i have often said that in our debates, too many people in paris decide rolls i never see the problems of the people. there are not enough people on the ground to sort out the concrete problems of our companies and associations. president emmanuel macron. .. that press co nfe re nce president emmanuel macron. .. that press conference started two hours and 15 minutes ago and he is still speaking. it looks like he will a nswer every speaking. it looks like he will answer every single question in the room. we‘re joined now by our paris correspondent hugh schofield. you have been monitoring the epic press co nfe re nce you have been monitoring the epic press conference but has he done enough, do you think, to come the
tension around the protests? you must ask yourself, who is he talking to and who must be convinced because the answer to the question is not the giletjaunes and certainly not the hardliners, the ones running riot in the cities over the last couple of months —— gilets jaunes. his aim is to convince ordinary french people. he will not win over the diehards. to that extent, he has done a still worked a job in his brilliant fashion because he really does... every time you ta ke he really does... every time you take your eye off him and think, emanuel macron is getting stale, you see him in action again and he really shines. his youth and vigour and knowledge of the different dossiers is very impressive. the other great virtue he has i think in all this is consistency. what he is not saying is i will change my policies. he is not saying you are correct and i should have had a more human approach or i should have been
much more generous with state money to hand it out to the less well off that monkey is not saying that putting that is the kind of solution france has had time immemorial. i will not change my stratagem but, yes, i will change my approach in the way i have come across and there is also a show ofjustice in the accusation that france has become a land run by the elite who are divorced from the ordinary people and their problems. to that extent he has made announcements which go to the direction of what the gilets jaunes or moderate ones want. will they be enough to stop the overall movement and violence? ijust don‘t know. thank you, hugh schofield, for joining us from paris. a toughjob. one of the things he said was that we must work, france works much less than its neighbours and we must have a real debate on this. every time a french president has said they want to do anything about the 35 hour
work week and french labour laws it is incredibly difficult to get things done in that country in terms of the economy. north korea‘s kim jong—un and russia‘s vladimir putin met today for the first time and it shifts denuclearisation talks away from the united states. this summit in the far eastern russian city of vladivostok comes two months after president trump‘s own summit with kimjong—un broke down in a nuclear stalemate. today, president putin was anxious to emphasise moscow‘s role as a global player. the russian leader took a veiled swipe at the us‘s negotiating strategy with north korea, insisting that pyongyang needed guarantees its sovereignty would be preserved. let‘s speak now to hazel smith, from the school of oriental and african studies, who joins us from sheffield. thank you for being with us. i wa nted thank you for being with us. i wanted to ask the obvious question, what is in it for russia and what is in itfor what is in it for russia and what is in it for north korean? it does not mark a big change in
strategic direction for either mr kim from north korea or president putin. president putin is mainly in the north—east, north—east asia, and the north—east, north—east asia, and the big meeting will take place over the big meeting will take place over the next few days in china with an initiative which will bring together 5000 delegates, and it is about china coming together to bring economic investment and political influence geopolitically and putin is the star guest of the meeting. he is the star guest of the meeting. he is meeting with mr kim, met with mr kim, and vladivostok is not far from north korea, a few miles. he is doing two things, one is to reinforce that the dprk, although it is still under international sanctions from the international security council which both russia and china have gone along with, it indicates to the world as if they did not know already that russia and china are still allies of north korea. and also i think much more
importantly, and on a much wider strategic basis, it shows that china and russia are really working together on all sorts of different issues. this has not always been the same. there has been rivalry between china and russia on a broad purview of strategic issues, especially in terms of the approach to the united states, for instance. that is no longer the case today. there will not be any major investment in north korea from russia. it is a political statement. some of the news that came out of this summit is vladimir putin saying effectively there must be sanctions released before there is denuclearisation on the korean peninsula and that puts moscow directly at odds with washington which once at the other way around. they say they all want, the un security council members, including china, want to denuclearisation. at the tactics are different and that
is not very new in that russia and china and south korea actually, which is an american ally, have said that there should be some movement within the united states in terms of some sanctions relief if north korea takes a step—by—step approach to denuclearisation. 0f takes a step—by—step approach to denuclearisation. of course, the united states and north korea are at the centre of the conflict and the united states and north korea must have a political agreement before anything can go forward. but this discussion has become much more pertinent over the last two years because the united nations security council resolutions have gone from targeted sanctions to comprehensive sanctions which have really affected agricultural production in north korea. thank you very much indeed for joining us. tojoin what‘s being called a ‘million strong‘ protest march to increase pressure on the country‘s leaders to hand over power. the african union has given the military council three months to hand over to a civilian administration. it comes after three of the most controversial figures on the council
offered their resignations yesterday. several leaders of far—right parties that are taking part in the european parliamentary elections, are holding a joint rally in prague. marine le pen, head of france‘s national front, and geert wilders from the netherlands, appeared on stage to support tomio okamura, head of the czech anti immigrant spd party. a counter—demonstration took place nearby. when you tune in to the bbc to watch beyond 100 days you expect to see... well, beyond 100 days on the bbc. pretty simple really. yeah, not so simple for readers of the daily telegraph in australia. the tabloid printed two pages of its rival the sydney morning herald. it gets a tad more awkward when you learn that the telegraph leans firmly to the right, while the herald more to the left. i love this. what are they doing?
sitting there printing somebody else‘s paper? the misprinted pages includes articles on climate change. the telegraph has apologised for the mistake and put it down to an error in the production process. talk me through this. you are an old newspaper man and you know this. how does it work? question one... did the readers notice and say, hang ona minute, did the readers notice and say, hang on a minute, this is not the normal fantastic right—wing stuff i expect? or the brilliant socialist stuff i would expect... i wonder they noticed. it would be more funny if tv programmes got things the wrong way around. we will not mention our rivals that we could suddenly be up against on this programme and suddenly get aired instead of us. but how did the printer get the physical copies of the paper? who is the spy? there is intrigue and a drama and i feel it coming. indeed. this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. coming
up for viewers on the bbc news channel and bbc world news, is it third time lucky forjoe biden we‘ll discuss his presidential bid with bill richardson he ran back in 2008. good evening. our weather has been getting cooler and more unsettled and today was a day of mixed fortu nes and today was a day of mixed fortunes with heavy showers and thunderstorms and some sunshine. this was the picture in hertfordshire a little bit earlier. as we look at the forecast for tomorrow, fairly similar picture in that we will see some spells of sunshine again but also some heavy showers rattling in from the west. as we had for the course of the night, clear skies across many central and eastern parts of england and eastern scotland to what some showery rain for the western half of scotla nd showery rain for the western half of scotland and north—west england and some showers packing into south—west england and south—western parts of wales. temperatures in the more rural spots will be just a degree or two a bove rural spots will be just a degree or two above freezing so chilly start today. over the next few days what we will see is blue colour is
returning to the map. milder air we have had in charge gets pushed away and there is a nosedive and temperature over the next few days. after the largely dry start to friday, typical of central and eastern parts, keeping sunny spells, some showers isolated in east anglia and some in scotland as well but more cloud and rain working in from the west through the day. temperatures 12 or 13 celsius in the west, 16 or 17 celsius in the east. then things turned lively as we see the arrival of storm hannah. friday night and into saturday that moves in from the west and particularly strong winds across ireland and then into parts of wales in the south—west of england. through the day on saturday we are likely to see gale force or severe gales. gusts of wind up to 60 or 65 mph, particularly strong around exposed hills and coast. notjust strong winds on saturday but also torrential downpours of showery rain. almost anywhere could see heavy showers on saturday. it will dry upfrom heavy showers on saturday. it will dry up from the west later on in the
day. but the weather may cause some disruption with the combination of the heavy, thundery downpours and a very strong winds. it will also be feeling much colder on saturday that it has recently. into the second half of that we the area of low pressure, storm hannah clears away towards the east. we have a ridge of high pressure for a time building and so sunday will be the better day of the weekend for many. not as windy. still fairly cloudy and one or two shells scotland and eastern england for a time but most places looking drive. more cloud rolling in from the west are not quite as cold as saturday with highs of 13 or 1a celsius.
this is beyond 100 days. our top story, asjoe this is beyond 100 days. our top story, as joe biden this is beyond 100 days. our top story, asjoe biden launches his third campaign to the white house equals calls it a battle for the soul of this nation. you will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. investigators in sri lanka and revised the death toll from the easter sunday attack to 253. more than 100 people fewer than originally estimated. coming up, there have been calls for a police inquiry after details were leaked from the national security council meeting on the chinese telecoms firm, huawei. and the chimpanzee has
picked up a new skill, scrolling instagram, and like us humans, i hate to say this, he is already addicted! more on our top story. joe biden has entered the presidential race for 2020, putting an end to months of speculation. in a video announcement released this morning, he argues that the core values of america are at stake, aim squarely at the white house‘s current occupant. the 76—year—old democrat has already run twice for the presidency and joins 19 other democratic hopefuls. one man who knows what it is like to run for the highest office is bill richardson. he was a democratic presidential candidate in 2008 and joins us from new york. governor richardson, thank you forjoining us. you know what it is like to run againstjoe biden. you run against him in 2008 as a
democrat nominee. what are his chances of winning the primary contest first of all? i will mention that i beat him in iowa but it was an obama clinton race. just saying. he starts out as a formidable candidate ahead in the opinion polls with bernie sanders. his appeal is that he has experience as vice president, people like him personally and he could be very strong in four key states that we lost last time, pennsylvania, ohio, wisconsin and iowa. so i think he‘s formidable. i would wisconsin and iowa. so i think he‘s formidable. iwould not wisconsin and iowa. so i think he‘s formidable. i would not dismiss him, but the issue is generationally comedy democrats want a younger candidate or somebody that has had this experience and secondly, the soul of the party has moved progressive, and although soul of the party has moved progressive, and althouthoe is progressive, and althouthoe is progressive, he is also a moderate.
those are the challenges. that is a question. it is today‘s democratic party very different from the party as it was in 2008 when you are running for president, and therefore are they looking for somebody different? yes, yes. when i was running, they wanted an inspirational candidate. it was not whether you are moderate or progressive, the more progressive the better, but now the party has shifted very much to the left. medicare for all, guaranteed income, very strong progressive tendencies, and joe is a moderate. he is bipartisan. he has had experience in congress, he has got a record. so it is going to be a challenge but i think he can overcome it. i like him,i think he can overcome it. i like him, ilike think he can overcome it. i like him, i like beto o‘rourke who is a progressive moderate from my area of the country, but bernie sanders is going to be very tough to beat.
ambassador richardson, it is nice to see you again, 22 years ago i was the bbc reporter at the un whilst you were us ambassador, there, it seems like only yesterday! maybe a slightly unfair question but what would you say were his greatest strengths and his greatest weakness? jey's strengths and his greatest weakness? jey‘s greatest strength is foreign policy. he has been there for all of the major debates on terrorism, north korea, the middle east, he was chairman of the foreign relations committee. his biggest weakness may be that voters may see him, he 76, that he has had his chance, he has won twice, i think the party wants change, younger candidates, but! thinkjoe can overcome it, he‘s very healthy, he‘s substantive, people like him. people connect with him. in those four states that i mentioned that we lost to donald trump, those democratic states,
industrial states, the mid west, there he is going to be stronger and i sensed that the democrats whilst they want progressive policies, they wa nt they want progressive policies, they want somebody that can be donald trump andi want somebody that can be donald trump and i thinkjoe biden may be the best choice we have. while we have here ambassador, i want to ask you about a story breaking in washington concerning north korea, not the talks between vladimir putin and kim jong not the talks between vladimir putin and kimjong un, the story is that the north koreans asked america to pay $2 million for the care of otto warmbier whilst he was in north korea, you are involved in trying to get him out, did you know anything about this? it is crazy, delusional, typical north korea. when we were trying to get american pilots out in the 90s they wanted the year the
american —— they wanted the us to pay for the ammunition to knock them down. this is their pr offence, they are mad, hostile, but we should not ta ke are mad, hostile, but we should not take that seriously. that is how they negotiate. they do not think like we do. to be clear the americans have said that reporting is that they did not pay this 2 million but it was asked, do you think these talks between vladimir putin and kim jong think these talks between vladimir putin and kimjong un can lead to anything? not really. what north korea is trying to do is get more allies, to get russia to help them with sanctions, to cheat more on oil sanctions on their border, and i think north korea wants to say to the usa, you are not our only ally —— ally and friend, along with china. russia is with us, and i am a big player. that is what kim jong un is doing. ambassador bill richardson, thank you. talking of
dawn, the cost of the 25th james bond film has been announced in jamaica at the goldeneye estate, where ian fleming wrote the novels. the movie does not have a title yet but here is what we do know. daniel craig has been confirmed as james bond for the fifth time. he said this is the last time he will play the british spy so there‘s a vacancy going there i suppose, the oscar winner rami malek will play the villain. naomie harris is back as ms moneypenny and ralph irons will return as m, head of the secret service. i think we set that up or wrong, we jumped the service. i think we set that up or wrong, wejumped the gun, you had a great story about james bond. i will come back to that in a second. i can see you as a bond girl! and goodness i‘m not that much older than daniel craig. we should have got it whilst bill richardson was still with us,
this is extraordinary and true. whilst he was us ambassador to the un, in 1997, i whilst he was us ambassador to the un, in1997, ican‘t whilst he was us ambassador to the un, in 1997, i can‘t rememberthe name of the james bond film but they invited the security council including the then russian ambassador sergey lavrov to a cinema near times square and i was sitting next to sergey lavrov and richardson and thinking, what a cooljob, and apparently, the movie was tomorrow never dies. i have to get this off my chest, daniel craig is 51, the newborn girl, why she‘s called a girland nota newborn girl, why she‘s called a girl and not a woman i don‘t know, she could be his daughter, she is from cuba. at some point we have to have james bowen, 51, and his female counterpart being 30, it is borderline unseemly. whatever it is, it is 2019. right, i‘ve got that off my chest. i probably should say
nothing but there we go. our top story yesterday was the uk decision to use huawei technology for the uk five g network. the government is now angry that story got leaked into the press from a national security council meeting. this is a big deal and according to the former national security adviser, lord ricketts, this is the first time anyone had committed a major leak from the nsc scene since its inception in 2010, it isa scene since its inception in 2010, it is a weekly meeting minister holds that brings together the armed forces, intelligence, and senior cabinet ministers. how did this happen? clearly, things could not get out of nsc meetings. there will be an inquiry into that. it will not be an inquiry into that. it will not be ita be an inquiry into that. it will not be it a criminal inquiry, it will be done by senior civil servants, but it shows you the gravity, and there are three big issues, number one was whether it was a smart idea to use huawei and i think we discussed that
on beyond 100 days yesterday and the second one is what does this issue do for the way the uk‘s allies feel about the uk, that things could leak out from the holy of holies, and the third issue raised is, what on earth has happened to discipline in the uk cabinet in british politics? the idea that something could leak out from there is very serious, and you could say that, heaped up on the b word, brexit, it‘s just could say that, heaped up on the b word, brexit, it‘sjust more terrible trouble for the government. is it to some extent a sign of how the government and the cabinet has broken down over the brexit negotiations that this kind of leak could happen on a national security issue or are these things unrelated? i think this is related in the sense that, if you get to your place in british politics were senior ministers leak from the cabinet, why couldn‘t they leak from other meetings? i think the story of the domestic political story in the uk is in many ways about party
discipline, about government discipline, about government discipline and that breaking down. it is also kind of reflection of the concern among some people security side about the huawei deal and the degree to which britain is caught between the demands of washington and the demands of beijing, as it tries to forge a sign trading relationships with the great powers after leaving the eu, it is in a tricky position. technology is not the only area where china spreading infant. world leaders have been arriving in beijing for trade talks. let‘s look at another sphere of chinese influence because world leaders are getting their for a project seen as a new silk road which puts china and control of its own economic network. whilst this is about trade it is a sweeping infrastructure project and a bold bid for go political influence.
there are actually two routes connecting trains, roads, and ports in a bid to transport chinese goods to markets further afield. both routes currently end in italy the first developed economy to sign up to the programme. and italy‘s prime minister is one of the 37 leaders at the beijing summit. last month italy signed $2.8 billion dollars worth of trade deals when chinese president xi jinping visited rome. before those deals were inked, the us national security council gave this warning... clearly, washington and the white house not liking this. it is all this stuff, the big power play that is going on around the world, you have washington seeing the italian should not be cosying up to the chinese like this. yes, it is
absolutely extraordinary. it seems to me it reinforces this idea of the world moving to a post war era, to moving beyond a unipolar world with the rise of china. this is the evidence right in front of you. yes, and in many ways happening further than people thought it would. this is beyond 100 days, still to come, as climate campaigners in london bring their campaign of disruption to an end, we take a look at what they have achieved by making a stand. a decade after it was first launched, the number of people signing up to rent out rooms through airbnb has rocketed in the uk. london and edinburgh in particular has seen a huge increase in the past yea rs, has seen a huge increase in the past years, but some are concerned about the impact it is having on communities, as colette smith reports. a home away from home. that
is what airbnb promise, book on an app, read directly from a local or stay in someone‘s spare room, but this is an app which has not only change the way we holiday but also the way we live. it is most obvious here, homes without residence. 12,000 edinburgh properties are now listed on airbnb, turning the feel of the city upside down for residents. rosemary is the last permanent resident on her stare of eight flats. people come, they take a flat, and they invite all and sundry to a party. they don‘t care how much noise they make, don‘t care about upsetting neighbours because they are going to go away. louise has been letting out holiday homes we re has been letting out holiday homes were more than two decades, they don‘t use the app but she appreciates the value of the extra visitors to edinburgh. there are benefits in terms of employment, benefits in terms of employment,
benefits to the local economy, to people spending money here. airbnb letting has become big business. across the uk a quarter of this are from house who own five or more properties. airbnb say that they support plans will host registration in london and new regulations in scotland. but that is little comfort for those trying to rent in cities where they work. because it has become such a tourist hotspot, it does mean there has been a knock—on effect of rental prices, because people are often using airbnb and other places like that. measles is one of the most infectious and persistence organisms in existence and the number of cases worldwide is rising fast. ua now has a stark warning. measles will always
find unvaccinated children. more than 20 million children around the globe did not get vaccinated against measles, including half a million in the uk. there have been 106 cases of measles this year in the uk. numbers are rising here in america also. there have been 695 cases spread around the country. it is the highest number since the disease was eliminated almost 20 years ago. let‘s talk to a representative from the vaccine confidence project. how much scepticism is there about vaccines, emily? it depends on the country we are looking at. we have seen that in some countries there are some strong concerns about vaccination. our vaccine confidence project, where we work at the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine has a yearly survey that we do, to look at the state of vaccine confidence globally and what we found is that europe was the region in the world with the lowest amount of confidence in vaccine safety and
in specific countries you have more concerns, particularly around the safety of vaccines. why is it worse in europe? various reasons, some historical, looking at the context of mistrust in health authorities in france or italy, these factors can have an impact on how people about vaccinations. we have also seen that recently social media has enabled rumours and misinformation about vaccination to spread, which can cause some really big problems leading to vaccination. given that people have strong views, what is the most effective way to try to persuade people who are sceptical about vaccinations to get their children vaccinated? about vaccinations to get their children vaccinated ?|j about vaccinations to get their children vaccinated? i would love to say that there is a magic bullet but i don‘t think there is a magic recipe, i don‘t think there is. if we wa nt recipe, i don‘t think there is. if we want to try to improve confidence in vaccination and convince people
that it in vaccination and convince people thatitis in vaccination and convince people that it is important to get vaccinated, we need to do various, use various strategies. first of all we know that information alone is not enough. we need to have strong communication strategies that engage people. we need to listen to people, to really understand what their concerns are, and have targeted responses to those concerns. and we also, some people are a bit afraid in the old authorities to go on social media and to become a little bit more active in the discourse thatis bit more active in the discourse that is happening. —— the health authorities. that is a step we need to take, to create a space for positive information about vaccination on social media, as well. we've had studies on this programme by scientists that have said, look, there is no risk with the mmr vaccine, it is not related to autism, the original scientific paper by the doctor who wrote that has been totally debunked by the scientific community, and yet in the us you still have persistently
people, the more extreme wing of this group, the anti—vaxxers who say there is a risk to my child and the fa cts d o there is a risk to my child and the facts do not seem to make much of a difference in this case. we really need to think about how we can convince people, and telling them that, you know, they need to get the vaccine because they are safe, because they are effective are simply not enough. we need to find better ways of trying to engage with them. there are great studies that are being done trying to look at how to do this. one of the ways is working with health workers, because the people that parents trust more thanit the people that parents trust more than it comes to health information is health care workers, their gp, their paediatrician, so we need to work with them to make sure that they are also a tool in trying to respond to their concerns and listen to what they have to say. thank you
very much forjoining us. environmental protesters have targeted financial institutions across london on the 11th day of demonstrations in the city. the extinction rebellion blocked roads around the treasury and the london stock exchange. protesters say they are ending their action today. more than 1000 people have been arrested since campaigners first blocked traffic in the capital on the 15th of april. our reporter is at one of the main sites in central london. how dramatic was the protest today? did they manage to do what they wanted, which was to bring areas to a standstill? extinction rebellion announced in advance that today was going to be theirfinal announced in advance that today was going to be their final day of protesting here in the centre of london. they decided not to go quietly, they targeted financial institutions in the capital. protesters group glued themselves to the front of the london stock exchange, blocked the entrance to the treasury, there was a smaller
blockade across some of the headquarters of big international banks in the city and that led to some more arrests. but it is now coming to an end. behind me this is the closing ceremony taking part now, taking place now. there have been some speeches and some poems and some singing. it is all very peaceful. but, during this more than a week of action which started on monday last week, there have been over 1100 arrests made, and it is a policing operation that has really stretched the force here in london at times. they have a big protest last week in places like oxford circus, one of the main shopping centres in london and parliament square outside the houses of parliament, waterloo bridge over the thames, brought to a standstill, and over 10,000 police deployed on the streets throughout the operation. the police said they had to cancel leave days, so they are giving time
back now for the police, going into the future as well. no police were hurt at any point during a protest, but the police force will be glad that it but the police force will be glad thatitis but the police force will be glad that it is coming to an end peacefully. and communities in london have had taxing journeys to work at times over the last week. london have had taxing journeys to work at times over the last weeklj am presuming those who took part in the last few days will consider the last few days to be a great success. do we know what they plan to do next? they are calling this a pause to large—scale action in london for the moment. they had one real main aim forthe the moment. they had one real main aim for the last week, to get the government to engage with them in talks and to take more urgent action over climate change. they may have had some success. one of the leaders of extinction rebellion told me today that the environment secretary in the uk, michael gove, has agreed to meet with the group next week, although the final details of that
have yet to be confirmed. they may have yet to be confirmed. they may have had some support by the appearance of the 60—year—old swedish climate activist greta thunberg who met leaders of the main political parties and some mps. they seem very taken with her. they told —— she told them to pay more attention to climate change scientist. at the moment they have no further action plan but they have not discounted taking further large—scale action in london to stop it depends on the progress that they feel that they have made. my favourite story of the day. have you ever found yourself endlessly browsing social media feeds without any awareness of how much time you are fretting away? just idly scrolling from one photograph to another. it is a ritual that many of us another. it is a ritual that many of us know too well, but it may no
longer be limited to us humans. in this instagram video filmed in miami, florida a chimpanzee shows it is not just humans miami, florida a chimpanzee shows it is notjust humans who find social media addictive. watch this. looks like he‘s just sitting at the screen. then look what he does. he scrolls through the photographs. how odd! if you thought the chimpanzees were. . . odd! if you thought the chimpanzees were... how does he manage to do that? he is totally addicted. that is terrifying. i have tried this kind of thing on my cat, mildred, but you know, she takes a slight interest in large cats like tigers and lions but not for very long. you can‘t help wondering whether, given the kind of havoc that it is wreaking, social media, on as humans, should we be doing this to the animal kingdom as well? now, i would say no, but... it is not doing them any good at all. that is our
old animal story for the day. if the thought of chimpanzees becoming more like human scares you, perhaps it is not such a thing. when this 23—year—old from alabama out recently and noticed an elderly woman sitting by herself. he invited her to sit with his friends. here is a group of them enjoying the evening together. they chatted about her children, grandchildren and pets and then shared numbers before going their separate ways. his message to their separate ways. his message to the world, kindness doesn‘t have an age limit on it, just follow your heart. her name is elinor baker, she‘s a widow, it would have been her wedding anniversary and there she was sitting by herself, and when he went up to her, he looked anxious, he was sitting in the restau ra nt anxious, he was sitting in the resta u ra nt i anxious, he was sitting in the restaurant i had never met her before then sits down and says, how are you doing, then immediately they struck up friendships and he invited her over to chat with his friends.
he then posted that on social media and that went crazy. always be kind is his message. we need a bit more kindness in the world. thank you so much forjoining us, rob. we will see you back next week, guys. good evening. the weather has been turning cooler and more and settled over the past few days. today was a day of mixed fortunes. we had some heavy showers and thunderstorms. some sunshine. this was the picture in hertfordshire early on. for tomorrow, a similar picture. we will see some spells of sunshine once again and some heavy showers rattling in from the west. tonight, clear skies across central and eastern england and eastern scotland. showers for the western half of scotland, north—west england and further showers packing in to south—west england and south—west wales. temperatures in the more rural spots will be a degree or two about losing. quite a chilly start, and over the next few days we will
see these blue colour is returning to the map. that means that the milderair in charge to the map. that means that the milder air in charge will be pushed away hence the nosedive in temperatures over the next few days. after that lastly dry start across central and eastern parts, keeping some sunny spells. isolated showers for east anglia and highland scotland, then more cloud and rain working in from the west through the day. and temperatures only around 12 celsius in the west, 16 further east. then things become lively as we see the arrival of storm hannah, friday night and into saturday, bringing strong winds across ireland, into parts of wales and the south—west of england. saturday, we are likely to see gales and severe gales, with gusts of up to 65 mph, particularly strong on exposed hills and coast. not just particularly strong on exposed hills and coast. notjust strong winds, but also torrential downpours of rain, almost anywhere could see heavy showers on saturday, drying out in the west later on in the day.
the weather may cause some disruption with that combination of heavy, thundery downpours and strong winds. it will also be feeling much colder on saturday than it has done recently. to the second half of the weekend and that area of low pressure, stone hannah, clearing to the east. we have a ridge of high pressure for a time building in. sunday will be the better day of the weekend, certainly not as windy, still cloudy, showers for eastern scotla nd still cloudy, showers for eastern scotland and england for a time but most scotland and england for a time but m ost pla ces scotland and england for a time but most places looking dry. more cloud rolling in from the rest, not quite as cold as saturday, with highs of around 13 degrees.
this is bbc news, i‘m rebecca jones. the headlines at 8pm. the foreign office advises against all but essential travel , to sri lanka, after sunday‘s devastating bomb attacks. officials revise down the death toll by around a hundred — 253 people are now believed to have lost their lives. british teenagers amelie and daniel were among those killed — their father describes the terrible end to their holiday they were getting me food from the buffet, and the first blast went off. i hope that‘s not what was the fatal blast because we did start running out i don‘t know what sort of condition they were, there was another brat blast.